Thursday, February 9

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SpaceX launches high-power Spanish communications satellite

SpaceX launched a high-power Spanish communications satellite Monday that will serve government and corporate users in the Americas, Greenland and along Atlantic Ocean air and maritime shipping corridors."One of the main target markets for this satellite is mobility, in particular in-flight connectivity and maritime (services)," Ignacio Sanchis, chief commercial officer of satellite owner Hispasat, told Spaceflight Now."We will also be providing connectivity services for governments and corporations in the fields of energy, oil and gas, etc., as well as telcos and mobile network operators in extending their cellular networks," Sanchis added. A time exposure captures the launch of Hispasat's Amazonas Nexus communications satellite atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, arcin...
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Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket suffers in-flight failure in Britain’s first orbital flight

Virgin Orbit launched nine small satellites atop a rocket dropped from a 747 jumbo jet south of Ireland on Monday, but the booster suffered a failure during the climb to space and the payloads were lost, the company said.The 747 "Cosmic Girl" jet took off from Cornwall Airport Newquay near Britain's southwest coast in what had been billed as the first orbital launch from the United Kingdom and western Europe.The repurposed Virgin Atlantic passenger jet, with the 70-foot-long 57,000-pound LauncherOne rocket tucked under its left wing, took off just after 5 p.m. EST, cheered on by airport workers, area residents and government officials as it slowly climbed away to the west and disappeared from view over the Atlantic Ocean. Virgin Orbit's "Cosmic Girl" 747 jumbo jet u...
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Twitter is auctioning off office items from its headquarters — including a giant “@” statue that can hold your plants

Holiday shopping could extend another month for Twitter's biggest fans. In mid-January, the social media giant will auction off some of the surplus office items at its San Francisco, California, headquarters — including statues, kitchen items, furniture and more. Along with standard office furniture, the auction will include some more advanced technology, such as smart TVs, mobile media centers and digital whiteboards, as well as commercial kitchen supplies, including ice machines, a heavy-duty griddle and espresso machines. Some of the most unique items available, however, represent Twitter itself – a more than 3-foot tall Twitter bird statue and a massive 6-foot "@" sculpture planter that currently has artificial plants that can be replaced with live ones. A more ...
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Elon Musk targets Dr. Anthony Fauci in viral tweet, drawing backlash

As Dr. Anthony Fauci prepares to step down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the end of the year, the leading immunologist faced derision on social media over the weekend from tech billionaire and Twitter CEO Elon Musk."My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci," Musk tweeted on Sunday. The jibe, shared largely without context, drew support from prominent conservatives such as right-wing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene — whose account was reinstated with Musk's decision to end the platform's COVID-19 misinformation policy last month, and who has been criticized in the past for her own comments mocking the use of gender pronouns — as well as backlash.While Musk's tweet acquired roughly half a million likes in its first few hours online, health experts lik...
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SpaceX launches 40 OneWeb internet satellites after Russian launches canceled

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket boosted 40 OneWeb broadband relay satellites into orbit Thursday, helping the London-based company expand its fleet in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, western sanctions and Russia's subsequent cancellation of previously planned Soyuz launches.Roaring to life at 5:27 p.m. EST, the Falcon 9 streaked away to the south from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, boosting the OneWeb satellites into an initial polar orbit. The 325-pound relay stations were deployed in three batches starting about one hour after liftoff. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center carrying 40 OneWeb internet satellites. Both SpaceX and OneWeb are deploying space-based broadband relay satellites, but the companies are targeting differen...
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Elon Musk and Twitter: Is he in over his head?

Twitter may not be the biggest social media platform out there, but it's certainly one of the most influential, because what happens on Twitter doesn't just stay on Twitter. Which might be why the world's richest man, Elon Musk, is such a fan.Musk bought the company for an eye-popping $44 billion, despite the fact that Twitter, which relies on advertising for much of its revenue, has turned a profit in only two of the last ten years.Tech journalist and podcast host Kara Swisher harked back to businessman Victor Kiam advertising Remington electric shavers: "There was an old thing, 'I liked the shaver so, I bought the company.'" Since his takeover, Musk has fired, or accepted resignations from, about two-thirds of Twitter's staff. "He thinks he can...
Yellen sees “no basis” to investigate Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter
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Yellen sees “no basis” to investigate Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter

Bali, Indonesia — In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she sees "no basis" for launching an investigation into Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter. Her comments came days after President Biden said the acquisition was "worth being looked at" on national security grounds.While Musk, the world's richest man, financed most of the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, according to Reuters, $7.1 billion was backed by private equity investors and foreign investors from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which could potentially subject the transaction to a national security review overseen by the treasury secretary.But Yellen said an investigation is unlikely to happen. "Well, I'm not sure precisely what [the president] had in mind...
Elon Musk says he is now working 24/7: “I have too much work on my plate”
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Elon Musk says he is now working 24/7: “I have too much work on my plate”

It's been less than three weeks since Elon Musk acquired Twitter, but the workload already seems to be taking a toll on him. Speaking at Indonesia's B20 conference on Monday, the Tesla CEO said that he is now working 24/7 and has "too much" going on."If I were you, I would jump on a plane and fly to Bali and hide a little or relax. Why don't you do that?" moderator Anindya Bakrie, the CEO and President Director of Bakrie & Brothers, a manufacturing and infrastructure corporation, asked Musk at the conference on Monday. B20 is the "official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community," according to its website, as G20 member nations gather at a summit nearby.Musk laughed, saying "that sounds fantastic, but my workload has recently increased quite a lot."  ...
Twitter brings back “official” label after verified impersonator accounts run wild
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Twitter brings back “official” label after verified impersonator accounts run wild

Twitter on Friday brought back its gray "official" label to verify some accounts, just days after CEO Elon Musk scrapped it. Twitter Support said they've re-added the feature to "combat impersonation." Since the revamped Twitter Blue went live on Wednesday, users are now able to obtain a blue tick as long as they subscribe and pay $8 a month. On the same day of the rollout, the social media company added an official gray marker that would distinguish accounts that were verified. However, several hours into the plan, Twitter removed the gray marker and said it would be "aggressively going after impersonation and deception" in lieu of it.  Here's the platform's account with a gray "official" label.  Jakub Porzycki/N...
Verified Twitter accounts impersonating LeBron James, George W. Bush and others send out fake tweets
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Verified Twitter accounts impersonating LeBron James, George W. Bush and others send out fake tweets

Several Twitter users have already begun exploiting the revamped Twitter Blue by receiving the blue check mark and pretending to be celebrities and politicians. Twitter Blue, which now costs $8 a month, is stirring confusion about which of the platforms' accounts are real.A verified Twitter account that had Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James' name and a current profile photo of his family requested a trade, thanked Lakers fans and suggested he was going back to Cleveland. At a quick glance, the tweet looked real, but the handle was @KINGJamez, not the authentic @KingJames one. The tweet was deleted, and the account appears to have lost its verified status.Another Twitter user pretended to be New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman and announced he was signing an extension with t...